Beginning August 3, Tarrant County College started providing $1,500 emergency grants to students who qualify for financial assistance, ensuring they can stay enrolled and work toward the completion of their programs.
TCC has received $87.6 million from the recently authorized American Rescue Plan (ARP), Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III). Of that allotment, $44.5 million will be used to provide HEERF III student grants to eligible students. These funds can be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including tuition, food, housing, healthcare or childcare.
To qualify for the $1,500 grant, students must do the following:
- Be enrolled in at least one (1) credit hour or 16 contact hours if in a non-credit course
- Complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Students AID (FAFSA) or Texas Application for Student Financial Aid
- Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than $8,501
- Submit a COVID Relief III Student Grant Request Form and self-declare exceptional need or significant unexpected expenses due to COVID-19
Students must log into MyTCCTrack – Financial Aid to view their updated 2021-2022 Award Letter. COVID Relief Grant III funds will be disbursed to the student through BankMobile Students are encouraged to confirm their BankMobile refund selection and sign up for text alerts.
TCC leaders expect the $44.5 million in HEERF III funds to support approximately 42,400 student grants at TCC. Student grant awards are limited to Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms. Once HEERF III grants are disbursed, a student’s continued or future enrollment is not a condition of receiving a HEERF III grant at TCC.
Since April 2020, TCC allocated more than $39.4 million in HEERF funding to eligible students who experienced educational disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency grants were provided within 48 to 72 hours, on average.